Gina Rodriguez Is “More Bisexual Than Jane,” Which is Potentially Something Or Not, Regardless I Love Her

Gina Rodriguez, star of Jane the Virgin and leading lady of my heart, is on the cover of BUST magazine this month talking about so many things including but not limited to three concepts near and dear to our collective hearts: feminism, masturbation and bisexuality.

Gina Rodriguez in BUST magazine, Aug/Sept 2017

For example, does Gina Rodriguez relate to her character Jane on Jane the Virgin, who, like Jane, grew up in a Catholic household and felt pressured to conform to her culture’s standards of sexual purity? Yes she does! Rodriguez tells BUST how her upbringing made her feel guilty for masturbating:

“In all honesty, I used to feel guilty for masturbating. Oh my god, this extreme guilt! And that lasted way too long. Or maybe I masturbated too much! It’s OK to look back in retrospect and be like, it wasn’t good that I felt bad about touching myself.”

In other aspects, Rodriguez says Jane and her are different — like how Rodriguez thinks she’s closer to being bisexual than Jane is (!!!):

For her part, Rodriguez says, “Jane with Michael was everything to me, and I really can’t imagine Jane being with anyone else.” But she’s on board with the fans who ship her with Jane’s frenemy (and Rafael’s ex-wife) Petra, with the couple name “Jetra.” Rodriguez says she sees that fantasy pairing online “so often,” adding, “and so many fans ask me if Jane is bisexual. Jane is the furthest from bisexual — maybe Gina’s a little closer than Jane is! — but I love that they want that. And I’m all about ‘Jetra.’I love ‘Jetra.'”

She goes on to say she would want to play out bisexual actress Stephanie Beatriz‘s fictional girlfriend on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 

“I want to play her love interest so bad,” says Rodriguez. “I really hope they make that happen.”

Listen, I’ve been in love with Gina Rodriguez ever since she won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Actress in 2015 for her role on Jane the Virgin, the second Latina ever to win in this category since the awards began in 1944. Her hella inspirational acceptance speech made me cry and moved her to the top of my fave celebrities list which is composed of only her. I’ve been following her career ever since and she hasn’t disappointed me. Aside from being gorgeous and a super talented actress, she’s an amazing advocate for Latinxs in Hollywood and media and a proud feminist. As far as I can tell from my scientific analysis of her Snapchat and Instagram stories, she’s also super down-to-earth and someone who’d probably be down to share a bag of Hot Cheetos with me any day of the week.

Despite these strong feelings I’ve long harbored for Gina Rodriguez and although my gaydar is super on point when it comes to people I’ve met in real life, it has failed to ping for Gina.

Screenshots from Gina Rodriguez’s Snapchat because same.

However, over the last year, Gina has really been making a strong case that she is probably, possibly, maybe or definitely not entirely all-the-way heterosexual!

Last year, it was announced Rodriguez was going to play a lesbian paramedic in Annihilation, a new sci-fi film written and directed by Ex Machina‘s Alex Garland. Rodriguez went all in for that role and got an extra gay undercut which she brazenly showed off on the cover of Latina‘s October 2016 issue.

But the most promising piece of evidence was Rodriguez’s answer to a fan’s question asking if she identified as straight. Her response:

Like many actresses before her, Rodriguez said she doesn’t feel a need to define her sexuality. “I love hearts,” she said, which is probably the gayest thing anyone has said.

Rodriguez is currently dating Joe LoCicero, whom she met on the set of Jane the Virgin. As much as I’d selfishly like to see Rodriguez with a pretty lady by her side, they’re very cute together and it seems they’re really into each other.

In conclusion, Rodriguez is already a smoking hot trailblazer in Hollywood, forging a path for Latinxs on screen and inspiring others along the way. Regardless of what her orientation is or turns out to be, she’s also a consistent supporter of LGBT issues. I can’t wait for her to be in even more blockbusters and see her win more TV awards. I will take any excuse I can to write about Gina Rodriguez. And now that she’s confessed to the world she’s probably more bisexual than Jane, my love can truly only grow from here.


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Yvonne S. Marquez is a lesbian journalist and Autostraddle senior editor living in Dallas, TX. She writes about social justice, politics, activism and other things dear to her heart like Selena and tacos. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and has since written and edited lots of gay stuff for the internet. Yvonne calls the borderlands home, strongly identifies with her Scorpio moon sign, and really hopes to crush the patriarchy soon. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter.

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26 Comments

  1. I am very sad that Jane is not bisexual because Jetra would make a lot of sense to me, but Gina Rodriguez’s response to the question was A+. I really like that she didn’t dismiss it as crazy, weird or delusional. She is really outspoken about supporting her fans (and thanking them for their support!) and I think that’s lovely. She is such a sweetheart.

  2. Personally I like Jane and Petra’s frenemyship, and a romance between them doesn’t feel right for Jane’s character. BUT Petra should get a girlfriend FOR SURE. For a hot second I thought something might transpire between her and Krishna, but sadly no luck.

    • It’s worth noting that – if this is like the book – the odds of Gina’s character surviving aren’t… great. (Though it is worth noting that in the series as a whole, the only confirmed queer woman is like, one of the very few characters to survive. And is generally fairly kickass in general.)

  3. I’m not going to read into this because we’re in an era in which it benefits actresses to appear sexually fluid, regardless of their actual personal life and identity (and if you read about the history of female celebrities and bisexuality, there is a fascinating cyclical trend that stretches surprisingly far back of eras in which actors feel pressured to identify as bi, or at least open to dating women, followed by more conservative eras where actors feel pressure to identify as straight), but I hardly care because

    I LOVE GINA RODRIGUEZ so freaking much.

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